Sock theft is a thing of the past for Spud

A reformed light-pawed pooch has put his sock pilfering days behind him after finding a new calling '“ as a pet detective.

Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 10:36 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 12:50 am
Spud and a pile of pilfered socks
Spud and a pile of pilfered socks

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Spud was put forward by his owner Diane Goulding after a friend told her about the ‘vacancy’.

She said her dog frequently pinches socks, which she often finds ‘squirrelled away’ in unlikely places –such as behind the sofa.

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Spud with owner Diane Goulding

Diane, 47, from Thornton, said: “It’s like the brief was made for him. When he was a puppy we used to take our old socks and throw them for him to play with.

“When he got older he didn’t know the difference between a sock he could have and one he wasn’t allowed to have. He thought they were a toy he could play with.”

Boxer Spud was chosen from more than 150 pets to be appointed ‘pet detective’ by security firm ADT. Requirements for the job included a history of theft.

Lee Jasper, from ADT said: “His insider knowledge and understanding of how pets evade capture – and what they will target to add to their hoard – will help us learn about the security weak spots that the UK’s pets exploit.”

Spud with owner Diane Goulding